SACREMENTO–Governor Pete Wilson Thursday issued a statement in commemoration of the 82nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–reaffirming his support for full recognition of the atrocity. Wilson addressed his remarks to the Armenian community gathered in observance at the Armenian Genocide Monument in Montebello and at other locations throughout California.
"Those of you gathered have turned your anguish into action–and renewed your commitment–not only to Armenia’s–but to people throughout the world," Wilson said. "With dignity–and in loving memory–you have shouldered the responsibility of preserving the thought of those who were tragically lost in the beginning of this century–and in that endeavor you have done a great service to mankind."
"Only if we forget events such as these–do we run the risk of history repeating itself," Wilson said. In 1994–Governor Wilson signed a law requiring California’s Department of Education to teach the state’s children about the Armenian Genocide–the Jewish Holocaust–and other of man’s most notorious hate crimes.
"Let us remember that out of difficult times often comes renewal. To the survivors and the families who lost loved ones during this difficult era–I know words cannot ease your pain–but I hope fond memories of those you lost will remain with you–and comfort you always," Wilson said. "The survivors and their descendants have created a New Armenia in California–and the Golden State is richer for their efforts."